A Community in Crisis: Gentrification in Woodstock and Salt River

    Woodstock gentrification voicemap walk dfeat once2
    Christine profile
    08 Nov 2016
    Clock 40min      Length1mi
    9 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Woodstock and Salt River residents, who have called the suburbs home for generations, are facing ice-cold evictions. Sometimes tenants are forced out by high rents and intimidation, sometimes house owners are bought out by property developers, without knowing the rapidly increasing worth of their property. Each case differs, but the cause can often be traced back to the recent wave of urban regeneration, which started to unfold after the textile industry collapsed in the 90s. While some argue the area is improving – less crime, more business, prettier buildings – others are forced to live in the Cape Flats or Blikkiesdorp, a temporary relocation area in Delft, far from schools, jobs, and hospitals. The problem is complex, but there are certain drivers that are adding to these developments. On this walk, Christine Hogg talked to some residents and other stakeholders to try and understand the challenges they are facing.

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    Full answers from the City of Cape Town:


    The cover image is graffiti art by DFeat Once.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Old Biscuit Mill, Salt River Market

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The tour starts at the Woodstock Co-op, 357 - 363 Albert Road, close to the Biscuit Mill. If you're coming from town, you can take a taxi, train or MyCiti to Salt River Station.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Salt River Market

    Best time to walk:

    During the day. It is not recommended to do this tour at night.


    Be respectful towards strangers, and don't be intrusive when looking at people's homes. Have a quick look but don't stand and stare. It's also recommended to do this tour in a small group.

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